Lots of news to talk about on this, the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King's historic "I Have a Dream" speech. It should be noted that the march was officially labeled the march for "Jobs and Freedom," and called for a minimum wage of $2 per hour. Adjusted for inflation, that would be $15.26 an hour today. Activists in 35 cities across the country, including in Tampa, will protest for fast-food workers tomorrow, asking that they get paid at least $15 an hour, more than double the current minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.
Before we talk about last night's election in St. Pete, let's take a look at the national news today, where we learn that like Michigan GOP Governor Rick Snyder has successfully lobbied his legislature to pass Medicaid expansion. The Republican-led state Senate initially rejected it by one vote, and came back to narrowly approve it, 20-18.
You might remember that Arizona GOP Governor Jan Brewer did something similar earlier this year. Both are hardly fans of Obamacare. Neither is Rick Scott, but unlike his Republican brethren around the country, Scott has done nothing to push for his state legislature to expand Medicaid to get close to a million Floridians on the insurance rolls.
We're a bit groggy after staying up late covering last night's primary election in St. Pete. Full details here, but can someone answer me why St. Pete will require Karl Nurse to run again in November, even though he received nearly 70 percent of the vote last night? Yeah, I get it. He was elected in District 6 last night and now needs to go before the entire city. Whatever...
Tampa City Councilman Frank Reddick, sickened by a random act of murder last month, is putting together a forum on the issue of crime in the city next Thursday.
And we take a look at Peter Schorsch's latest project, the political commentary based Website Context Florida.